The Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station is a woven landscape; it is about weaving together the young and old, green and urban, play and learning and Alder Hey Children's Hospital with its community.
At its core is the aspiration to inspire children to lead active, healthy, pleasurable lives. The garden is infused with the magic of discovery inherent to foraging. Visitors first encounter the garden as nostalgic glimpses through rampant, blossoming hedgerows. Within, a sense of freedom prevails - explore and leave the path, get lost in your own world. A design language of woven forms associated with foraging are abstracted into a woven landscape. Precast concrete "strands" make up a picnic blanket laid over an undulating landscape with edible herbs growing through.
The importance of mental wellbeing, particularly in children, has been thrown into the spotlight during the pandemic and although this garden is outwardly about foraging, it uses this theme to address the issue of children’s mental wellbeing in an accessible and light touch way.
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Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey Children's Hospital a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 330,000 patients and families we care for every year.
The Garden will be relocated to the Alder Hey Hospital campus in the Summer of 2022. It will be positioned just outside the entrance to the new Children's Mental Health building which is due to open in the Spring of 2022 and forms part of wider plans to create a unique dedicated children’s and young people’s healthcare campus at the hospital. The garden will become an integral part of the healthcare campus and the green spaces that connect a cluster of state-of-the-art facilities.
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